Keeping plant and a lawn green in the summer can raise water bills. This is especially true in southern states where water costs go up at certain levels of use during summer months. Some communities and cities also restrict water use times. Here are a couple ways to reduce water use and still have green plants:
Keep water around plants
- Reduce run off water by digging a lowered area (well) around trees and individual plants to hold water.
- Build up (dam) outer area around edges of gardens, plants and trees to keep water where it is needed.
- Build up area around edges of lawns to hole water in area
- Heavily mulch area around plants
- Water in evening when the sun is down in dry areas
- Water early morning in humid areas (to avoid mold)
Develop deep roots
- Water heavily 1-2 per day for two days in a row. This allows the water to sink deep in the soil.
- Allow water to stand (wells and dams described above assist in this) so it will sink deep into soil
- Don’t water for 1-3 days (depending on heat and plant tolerance) to discourage surface root development
- Use lawn chairs and tables when not in use to provide shade
- Cover with shade cloth during hottest part of day
- Put up temporary canapy
- Plant in natural shade of house and trees
Plant heat/drought tolerant plants
- Plants that do well during southern summers need minimal water
- Put in pots if winters are long and cold, these plants will want to winter indoors
Harvest water run off from summer rains
- Remove drain pipes to allow water to flow in large trash cans or other container to be used later for watering
- Add collapsible hose or use drainage ditch to direct water to plants
- Connect gardens and plants with shallow drainage ditches so water flows from area to another
A beautiful garden and green grass can be attained while minimizing water use and costs.